Amy Bockerstette to Be 1st Athlete With Down Syndrome to Compete for Collegiate Title

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 3, 2021

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 29: Amy Bockerstette and Gary Woodland pose for a photo on the 10th tee box prior to the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 29, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)
Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Amy Bockerstette, a 22-year-old golfer for Paradise Valley Community College, will become the first collegiate athlete with Down syndrome to compete for a national title when she participates in the NJCAA national championships May 10-13 in Florida, per the Associated Press.

Amy Bockerstette @AmyGolfsNDances

So excited to compete with my @PVCC_Official @PVCCPumas teammates @NJCAA ⛳️ Nationals next week! #InclusionRevolution https://t.co/ML3iP5ln5V

Bockerstette was also the first student-athlete with Down syndrome to receive an athletic scholarship.

She became an instant sensation in 2019 when she paired with Gary Woodland on the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale ahead of the Phoenix Open. Bockerstette impressed with a nice chip out of the sand and an eight-foot putt for par. 


"Amy ... you're our hero."<br><br>How a superstar named Amy teamed up with @GaryWoodland to win the hearts of the 16th hole crowd @WMPhoenixOpen.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/iRhZbvdjuP

Amy Bockerstette @AmyGolfsNDances

Congratulations @GaryWoodland. <br>You are so awesome! <br>Best. Friend. Ever!!! https://t.co/XjHMx4d8Kx

Per the AP, "Bockerstette and her family created the I Got This Foundation in 2019 to provide golf instruction and playing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities."

"We want to use Amy's celebrity to make other people's lives better, most immediately those with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities but, more broadly, anyone who sees value in Amy's achievement in their lives," her father, Joe Bockerstette, told Josh Weinfuss of ESPN in 2020.

The NJCAA championships are being held in Ormond Beach at Plantation Bay Golf and Country Club.